Monday, August 8, 2011

Rob Kesseler

Lot 52
Rob Kesseler(b. 1951)
A Similar Lot

signed 'Rob Kesseler' on the inside cover
calf bound book of ink drawings on found images
38.5 x 27.5 cm (15 x 11 in.) Executed in 2001.

Estimate: �550 - �700
Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist

This fine book has been created from bound pages of recent sale catalogues featuring similar items to the Kimbolton list. Playing on the phrase 'a similar lot' Rob Kesseler has blanked out each item to form a series of silhouettes - similar outlines which hint at a duplication, a surfeit of wealth and collection of objects too extensive to ever be used.

29 Lots illustrated including:

Lot 238 A similar portrait of a young lady in pale blue and white dress, half-length, in carved gilt frame

Lot 348 A similar figure of a young knight in armour, 2ft. 7in. high

Lot 698 One almost similar chair, with slanted seat in striped cotton

Rob Kesseler has been exhibiting regularly throughout Europe since 1981. In his work he uses a wide repertoire of objects and materials to manipulate and subvert the appearances of the everyday. For his recent exhibition at the V&A he used over 15,000 individual strands of wheat to create Harvest, a mini wheat field in the entrance of the museum. Floating across the surface of the wheat were a collection of china plates, each decorated in gold with magnified images of pollen collected from flowers in a Cumbrian forest, and photographed on a scanning electron microscope at Kew.